Event industry stakeholders: challenges and opportunities

Jan 12, 2023 / 7 min read
By: Elena Kovacevic, Chief Business Development Officer
Medium Event Industry Challenges And Opportunities

Event stakeholders play a crucial role in event success. Understanding their behavior, expectations, and demands contributes to organizing fluid and glitch-free events. As an event organizer, you must be aware that satisfying event stakeholders is a one-off chance, making it extremely difficult to plan circumstances that can lead either to disaster or to ultimate event success.

Let's take a deep dive into the challenges and opportunities for event industry stakeholders.

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Customers/Clients (Event organizers)



Service partners


Customers/Clients (Event organizers)

Professional event organizers face major problems: increased costs, overall complexity, and risks. These elements are caused by fragmentation and the incompatibility of software tools they use to run their business.

run.events internal data indicates that, on average, event organizers use six different tools and countless spreadsheets to manage just one conference. This situation leads to high licensing, maintenance, and operational costs. Since those tools need access to the same set of data, data migration between multiple tools often causes errors - leading to additional financial losses and customer dissatisfaction.

5 major setbacks for event organizers

  • Too much time and money are spent on running and maintaining different tools

  • More personnel needed to operate different systems

  • Introduction of different software tools requires complex data migration, which carries the potential risks of data loss or even personal customer data breaches

  • Data migration between multiple tools often causes errors

  • Spreadsheets are used to manage areas that aren't covered by available software tools

6 benefits of using run.events for event organizers

  • Manage their entire business over multiple years and conferences

  • Engage in long-term relationship management with sponsors, exhibitors, service partners, and customers 

  • Increase customer engagement and business network expansion in between conferences 

  • Create financial plans and track budgets and their executions over multiple conferences and years

  • Manage all aspects of a single event or conference (planning, marketing, sales, management, and follow-up) 

  • Manage all stakeholders within a single conference (attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, service partners, and speakers)

Professional event and conference organizers try to reduce licensing and operational costs by limiting the number of tools and their complexity. These tools tackle challenges and provide solutions, such as covering sales aspects, while others tackle ticketing and invoices. In contrast, others are focused on content and agenda or digital streaming. However, these tools don't enable conference organizers to manage their business in their entirety (e.g., the capacity to manage long-term relations with exhibitors, customers, and service partners) or to carry out budgetary planning and execution and financial and resource planning.

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Attendees comprise the largest stakeholder group addressing many challenges and opportunities. It's not unknown that attendees often are the loudest in criticizing as unsatisfactory their digital experience (i.e., web, app, digital content) at most events and especially conferences. Such digital set-ups often use different systems for conference registration and tickets and, on the other side, completely different systems for handling agendas, sessions, sponsors, and interactions. In addition, they are often impacted by mistakes during data migration between systems, reducing user satisfaction and conference loyalty.

4 major setbacks for attendees 

  • Difficult business network expansion and management. The business contacts established at one conference remain in the ecosystem of just that conference, making it later very challenging for them to transfer their context to other business networking tools. 

  • Attendees maintain many apps, logins, and identities for different conferences, so materials from one conference stay blocked within its respective app or web interface.

  • Attendees suffer from a 'zoom fatigue' – disinterest in the ever-growing number of digital events and reduced interest in the digital events they attend. Networking opportunities at digital events in their current state are almost non-existent.

run.events improve attendees' experience by offering an easy-to-use mobile app interface with multi-year access to event or conference materials.

4 benefits of using run.events for attendees

  • One account, one experience for the conferences they attend, and one access point to conference materials across multiple years

  • Easy-to-build and easy-to-manage business networks and contacts over years and conference

  • Insights (consent required) explaining which conferences their business contacts are visiting next 

  • Intuitive mobile app experience available on all platforms (iOS, Android)

The run.events mobile app pays special attention to seamless conference registration, data security, and an easy-to-use interface to remedy the dissatisfaction of attendees with the digital experience.

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Sponsors/Exhibitors are often considered the main stakeholders for the event organizers. It's a common understanding that the expo area is one of the most important elements of the conference, and it defines the focus of sponsors/exhibitors in lead generation. It is sufficient to say that sponsors and exhibitors face numerous challenges and opportunities at events and conferences, but many of them can be solved by run.events platform. But let's first identify the major challenges.

3 major setbacks for sponsors/exhibitors

  • There is an inability for lead tracking over multiple years and conferences. With each conference, the sponsor experience has to start from the very beginning, making it difficult to track and analyze existing and new leads, along with their behaviors and interests.

  • Sponsors and exhibitors suffer the most by introducing the new digital-only events, where their presence and offerings are reduced to a website with chat functionalities. These limitations exclude their main networking tools, such as casual conversations, product demos, on-booth events, and attendee giveaways.

  • Disconnected lead generation at hybrid events, where digital and in-person leads don't end up in the same database, makes it difficult for sponsors to track and analyze leads across companies, industries, and interests.

Here are the most important contributing factors to using the run.events platform as a sponsor/exhibitor.

5 benefits of using run.events for sponsors/exhibitors 

  • Centralized communications, which includes all deadlines and tasks, with event organizers within the sponsor area

  • A self-service area where sponsors and exhibitors can upload their visuals and booth materials

  • A lead management area, where leads are gathered together with their notes and context, regardless of whether they come face-to-face, virtually, or through the web or mobile apps

  • Lead analytics and insights providing lead behaviors and lead industries, interests, and geographies

  • Enhanced attendee engagement through various gamification features, such as quizzes and giveaways, both in person and at virtual events

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Service partners 

Service partners, such as caterers, booth builders, logistics services, and tech partners, are the stakeholders of event organizers, sponsors, and exhibitors. In general, service partners are more or less invisible to attendees, but their challenges and opportunities are acknowledged inside the event industry. Any miscommunication between conference organizers, sponsors/exhibitors, and service partners will be easily noticeable by attendees through the glitches inside the supply chain, which will result in poor service quality.

Service partners face these major challenges before and during events and conferences. 

2 major setbacks for service partners 

  • Complicated order management manifests itself as organizers, sponsors, and exhibitors use various communication channels to provide orders or explain their wishes. Systematizing orders, tracking tasks, and due dates and deadlines become the major challenges for service partners.

  • All service partners, especially those that aren't bound to venues, lack visibility. In general, they demand better presentations from the event or conference organizers.

This is where run.events offer two major advantages to service partners. 

2 benefits of using run.events for service partners

  • Centralized order management help service partners to have insights into all service orders, regardless of whether it comes from event organizers or sponsors/exhibitors. run.events support various service orders containing documentation (i.e., offers, invoices), tasks, due dates, and completion levels. 

  • 'Service provider marketplace' - in development. Represented in the form of a catalog containing all service partners, with descriptions of service offers, capacity, and geographical territories where they can provide services. In terms of finding last-minute solutions for event and conference organizers, run.events provide easy ways to find it while increasing much-needed service partner visibility.

Service partners are thus particularly interested in optimizing and improving communications and planning with organizers on the one side and sponsors and exhibitors on the other.

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Event industry long-term experience of run.events creators became our solution's foundation stone. Combined with our learnings and incorporated into one solution, the outcome is an event management platform (EMP) that provides continuous access to the decision-making processes to solve challenges and provides opportunities. Therefore, event industry stakeholders will always have continued access in case of any major event change, allowing them to fix issues more efficiently and maintain healthy, long-term relationships while creating the next opportunities.

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